Edinburgh Rugby have signed Scotland star Ewan Ashman on a four-year-deal.
The 23-year-old Sale Sharks forward, who has seven international appearances, will join the Capital club in the summer.
Other than brief loan spells in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Toronto born star has spent his entire professional career at the Manchester side.
After agreeing the deal, he said: “I’m buzzing to be joining Edinburgh, it’s a team I’ve always supported. As a city, Edinburgh has always felt like home. It’s where my family is from and I can’t wait to move back there.
“I loved my short stint at the club when I was younger. It’s a great group of boys and some of my best mates I played with at age grade are now at the core of the squad, which definitely played a factor in my decision to move.
“The ethos and energy around the club was also a big factor as I improved a lot during my time in Edinburgh.”
Ashman qualifies for Scotland through his Edinburgh-born grandfather and has played throughout the age-grades at U16, U17 and U19 levels before graduating to U20, where he showcased his prolific try-scoring record, with seven tries in five games, and finished as the top try-scorer at the 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship.
He made his international debut in 2021, scoring at the corner in acrobatic fashion to help secure a famous 15-13 win over Australia at Murrayfield.
Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair welcomed Ashman’s signing.
He said: “Ewan is a top prospect and a player that Edinburgh Rugby supporters should be hugely excited about. He brings a lot of quality to the position and is only going to get better, given his relatively young age.
“It’s brilliant that the club has secured his signing on a long-term deal. He will be a top player for both Edinburgh and Scotland in the seasons to come.”
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